Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State
The Green Bay Packers need a linebacker that can disrupt opposing quarterbacks, is an exceptional tackler and has a high football IQ.
Former South Carolina State standout, Darius Leonard possesses all of those qualities.
The 6-foot-2 outside linebacker tallied 100-plus tackles in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs, both resulted in him being named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
He became the all-time tackler in school history in September and finished his career with 394 tackles.
Leonard did not face the best competition in college, but in 2016 he collected a career-high 19 tackles against the Clemson Tigers.
He had the opportunity to go up against FBS talent at the Senior Bowl and recorded a game-high 14 tackles.
An AFC area scout told NFL.com: “He’s a good worker and good learner and I think he has a chance to be a war daddy once he has an NFL training table and strength program behind him.”
Leonard will have an opportunity to improve his draft stock even more at the NFL Combine.
Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
Ian Thomas was ranked the second-best tight end nationally at the junior college level, before taking his talents to Indiana.
Thomas’ stats don’t jump off the chart while playing in Bloomington. In his first season, he only recorded three receptions for 28 yards.
His production increased in his final season, where he caught 25 passes for 376 yards and five touchdowns. His top performance came against Penn State, catching fives passes for 91 yards.
He participated in the Senior Bowl and only caught one pass for 28 yards.
The 6-foot-5, 248-pound tight end has the size and speed to make a difference in the NFL. But, according to NFL.com, Thomas struggles with blocking and is a raw prospect.